india’s music maestros and legendary poet to perform renowned ‘tiranga’ on 60th indian independence day

Published July 18th, 2007 - 11:19 GMT

india’s music maestros and legendary poet to perform renowned ‘tiranga’ on 60th indian independence day

Indian Consulate in conjunction with Emirates Techno Casting to bring famed artists to UAE for breathtaking musical event


India’s classical music maestros and an eminent poet are slated to perform ‘Tiranga’, a renowned musical interpretation inspired by the Indian flag, during the 60th Independence Anniversary of India on August 15, 2007 at the Shaikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Center. The Indian Consulate in collaboration with Emirates Techno Casting is bringing to Dubai the distinguished artists for the invitation only event, which has been performed only in select venues including the Parliament House of India and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

‘Tiranga’ or three colors is a celebration of the Indian flag through the music and poetry of India’s world-renowned art legends. Hailed as a poet extraordinaire, Padma Bhushan Javed Akhtar will read his poems, which pay tribute to the orange, white and green colors as well as the ‘Ashoka Chakra’ or the wheel in the Indian flag. India’s classical music maestros namely, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Vidhwan U. Srinivas, Pandit Bhawani Shankar Kathak, Pandit Vijay Ghate, Shri S.V. Ramani and Durga Jasraj will take turns in rendering their interpretation of the poet’s verses about the flag through vocal and instrumental solo as well ‘Jungal bandhi’.

The event will be opened by an audio-visual presentation tracing the evolution of India’s national symbol beginning in 1906 and will be capped by a chorus performance by the maestros of the ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the country’s national anthem. The Indian Consulate in Dubai together with the Emirates Techno Casting has invited dignitaries from the UAE and the Indian expatriate population to attend the event.
Commenting on the performance of Tiranga in Dubai, Venu Rajamony, the Indian Consul-General, said: ”Our diverse musical and literary traditions exemplify India’s rich cultural heritage, which is a source of immense pride for our people and country. We are extremely pleased to bring along with Emirates Techno Casting this once-in-a-lifetime event in Dubai, which gathers the pillars of classical music across India and one of our best poets in an extraordinary performance. Tiranga is a cultural event aimed at promoting patriotism, which is all the more significant for the Indian expatriate population who are passionate about their home country.”

With the latest statistics indicating a total of 1.4 million, the Indian expatriate population is the largest in the UAE with 11,200 Indian partnership companies in Dubai alone playing an active role in UAE business and commerce. In the GCC, the UAE is India’s largest trading partner, and in 2006, the value of the trade between UAE and India reached US$ 13 billion whilst trade between Dubai and India amounted to US$ 10.9 billion. Underscoring the significance of the bilateral relations, H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai, upon the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, paid a historic visit to India in March this year in a bid to strengthen mutual bonds especially in the economic arena.

“India and UAE have historically shared strong bilateral ties particularly in commerce and trade, which have been mutually beneficial to the economies of both countries with investments between the two countries soaring to multi-billion dollars. Our decision to sponsor the prestigious Tiranga in Dubai is a tribute to this fruitful and long-standing bond, and of course, an observation of our country’s 60th independence anniversary. This event has been performed only in exclusive venues and selecting Dubai as its latest venue reflects the importance we put in further strengthening UAE-Indian relations,” said Faizal Kotikollon, President and CEO, Emirates Techno Casting.

The Tiranga musical ensemble will feature esteemed vocalist Pandit Jasraj, flutist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, mandolin player Vidhwan Srinivas, Pakhawaj (two headed hand drum) virtuoso Pandit Bhawani Shankar Kathak, Tabla master Vijay Ghate and Ghatam (clay pot) prodigy S.V.Ramani. Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Vidhwan Shrinivas and Javed Akhtar are recipients of the Padma awards, which are India’s highest civilian honors. Tiranga has received critical acclaim since it was first presented on January 31, 2003 to a distinguished audience led by President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and later brought to other venues including India’s Parliament House during the 2003 National Flag Day and London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2004.

The event is part of a 6-month long celebration, which will commence on August 15, 2007 on the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence and end on January 26, 2008 in observance of the Indian Republic Day. Aimed at showcasing India’s diverse cultures as well as its rapid economic and technological growth, the festivities will include cultural performances by famous Indian artists, talks by prominent Indians, media campaigns, debates and quiz competitions for schoolchildren.

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